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Asian Efficiency is the leading website on time management and productivity. Learn how to be efficient, get things done (GTD), and stay motivated.






It’s All Too Much: 3 Keys to Overcoming Information Overload (TPS161)

As the amount of information increases exponentially, it’s easy to find yourself being completely overwhelmed or succumbing to the Fear of Missing Out (FOMO). You need a plan for dealing with it, and in this episode Brooks and Mike talk about the problem of information overload and more importantly what you can actually do about […]

Duration: 01:09:01

The Secret to Finding Your Blindspots and Overcoming Setbacks w/ Nabill Idrisi (TPS 160)

Nabill Idrisi is back on the podcast to discuss the right way to set goals, how to accelerate the results you want, and how coaching and mastermind groups can help you towards your goals. Nabill attended an Asian Efficiency mastermind and in this episode he shares how the clarity he achieved from that even has […]

Duration: 00:55:04

Advanced Strategies for Reading Faster and Remembering More w/ Abby Marks-Beale (TPS159)

If you’re like most people, you have more reading that you need to do than you can keep up with. Whether it’s a textbook for class, a newsletter for a trade association, or the personal development book that’s been sitting on your nightstand for far too long, we all could you a little help handling […]

Duration: 00:49:12

The Productivity Perils of Shiny Object Syndrome & 8 Strategies to Overcome Them (TPS158)

If you find yourself being distracted by the newest app or the latest productivity tool, you’re not alone and it may not even be completely your fault. You might be suffering from Shiny Object Syndrome (SOS). In this episode, Brooks and Mike dive deep into the allure of the new and shiny. We discuss why […]

Duration: 01:01:47

10% Entrepreneurship w/ Patrick McGinnis: Achieving Entrepreneurial Freedom Without Sacrificing 9-to-5 Stability (TPS157)

Ever thought about launching out on your own but been hesitant to make the leap because you didn’t want to give up the security of your day job? In this episode, Mike Schmitz is joined by Patrick McGinnis who explains that you don’t necessarily have to choose one or the other. Patrick is the author […]

Duration: 00:51:58

3 Keys to Planning the Perfect Week (TPS156)

Do you find yourself wishing you had more time to devote to the things that are really important to you? Chances are it’s not actually a lack of time that’s the problem, it’s how you approach it. Join us as Brooks and Mike break down how to change your mindset so that you can plan […]

Duration: 00:55:26

Making Better Decisions: How to Say “No” and When to Say “Yes” (TPS155)

If you feel stressed out or overwhelmed, there’s a good chance it’s because you’ve said “yes” to the wrong things. In this episode, Mike and Brooks cover how to escape this by making better decisions. We show you several strategies you can use today to start making better decisions for your personal and professional life. […]

Duration: 00:52:31

How Journaling Can Make You 25% Happier (TPS154)

Journaling is a bit of a buzzword in the productivity space, but with good reason. And in this episode, Mike and Brooks explain why it’s so important. They dive into the many benefits of journaling, and share 5 tips for making journaling actionable and effective. They explain how to implement a journaling habit, recommend some […]

Duration: 01:11:33

How To Run an Effective and Highly Efficient Remote Team (TPS153)

Ever dreamt about working remotely? It’s not all sunshine and rainbows – there’s a lot of things people don’t see that go into making a remote team operate successfully. In this episode, Thanh and Brooks go in-depth on the inner workings of Asian Efficiency’s remote team setup and how you can run an effective remote […]

Duration: 01:28:20

How to Beat Your Brain and Conquer Cognitive Biases to Make Better Decisions (TPS152)

The average person makes over 35,000 decisions in a single day, but many times we make wrong decisions because of our own cognitive biases which influence how we see our situation. In this episode, Brooks and Mike talk about the different sources of cognitive biases and how they impact our ability to make good, rational decisions. They […]

Duration: 01:00:15

How to Make Sure Your Projects and Tasks are the Right Ones (TPS151)

The average person has somewhere between 300-500 hours worth of tasks they need to complete, but how can you be sure they are the right ones? With so much that needs to get done, you can’t afford to waste your time on the wrong things. Brooks and Mike discuss how to achieve clarity from knowing that […]

Duration: 00:36:45

How to Bounce Back When Everything Goes Wrong (TPS150)

Have you ever felt like everything was going wrong you had no idea what to do? On this episode, we celebrate 3 million podcast downloads by opening up about the times when it looked like we weren’t going to make it. We look back on our journey to accomplishing this podcast milestone, and talk about how we overcame 5 […]

Duration: 01:13:27

How to Get GTD to Work For You: Simple Strategies For Managing Your Inboxes And Capturing Information (TPS149)

Ever tried to implement Getting Things Done (GTD) and find it just won’t stick for you? In this episode, we’ll break down this popular productivity system and show you where the common failure points are so you can avoid making the same mistakes as countless others. Even if you don’t like GTD and use something […]

Duration: 00:45:58

What to Do When You Feel Stuck and Need a Fresh Start (TPS148)

Have you ever felt stressed from being overcommitted but didn’t know how to fix the situation? You need someone who can show you how to break out of the mundane and make sure you’re moving in the right direction towards creating your ideal future. If so, you’re not alone. Many people feel completely overwhelmed with everything they need […]

Duration: 01:07:19

The Productivity Killer We Face 35,000 Times Each Day (TPS147)

The average person makes over 35,000 decisions per day, which can easily leave you too tired to take action on your most important tasks (or MITs). In this episode, Mike and Thanh tackle decision fatigue, and show you how to exercise all the tools at your disposal so that you don’t get burned out or make […]

Duration: 01:25:27

How to Regain Control and Balance When You Wear Many Different Hats (TPS146)

Do you always have too much to do? You’re not alone. Life in today’s society can be complicated as it’s common for people to have more than just work and home to think about. It can be extremely difficult to maintain balance between your different areas of responsibility. If you find yourself stressed about or feeling like you […]

Duration: 00:49:30

4 Strategies for Developing Your Focus Muscle and Creating the Future You’ve Always Dreamed of (TPS145)

Being able to focus is a lost art in today’s society, but it’s also extremely important (and valuable). Distractions are everywhere, and we’re constantly being interrupted by our technology and other people. We want to teach you how you can overcome the business and create the future you’ve always dreamed of by focusing on what’s really […]

Duration: 01:23:40

4 Keys to Mastering the Work That You Love Through Effective Deliberate Practice (TPS144)

Does it really take 10,000 hours to master a skill? In this episode, we debunk some common misconceptions and share 4 keys to establishing mastery more quickly using focused deep work. We explain the major benefits that come with doing deep work and give you practical tips for implementing it no matter how busy you are to […]

Duration: 00:53:25

The CEO’s Secret to Productivity: An Executive Assistant (TPS143)

Ever wish you had more time? Then this special episode about how to find, hire, and make productive use of executive assistants is for you. Thanh Pham is joined by Charles Ngo, an expert who has hired and worked with executive assistants for many years. Charles is actually the person responsible for Thanh recently hiring his first […]

Duration: 02:11:47

Why Time Management Doesn’t Work & Why You Should Focus on Energy Instead (TPS142)

Ever wonder why some people seem to get so much more done than others? We all have the same 24 hours in a day, but some people are much more productive and the secret to this next-level productivity is not traditional time management but actually energy management. Energy management is a force multiplier for how productive you are […]

Duration: 00:56:11

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